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"Will we leave the Iraqis celebrating freedom? Or . . . will we leave the forces of evil and terror to carry out their mission in and from Iraq? I'm concerned that if some get their way we'll get number two, the latter."
-- Rep. H. James Saxton (R-N.J)
"Changing the definition of success to 'stay the course with the wrong policy' is the wrong course for our troops and our national security. The time to end the surge and to start bringing our troops home is now -- not six months from now."
-- Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)
"I don't think there is any doubt that it's good news that he feels we will be able to withdraw some troops. . . . To change the strategy from the surge would be a terrific mistake."
-- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
"General Petraeus, the American people don't believe you any more! . . . No! No! No! I have a right to be heard!"
-- a Code Pink protester
being removed from
the hearing room